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Spring 2017
West Side Folk re-emerges to present two concerts to benefit Kansas Public Radio.

West Side Folk is thrilled to announce that it will present two very special concerts to benefit Kansas Public Radio, which sustained very heavy budget cuts due to the cutbacks in state funding of the University of Kansas. Brother Sun and John Gorka are playing for reduced fees to do their part to help KPR, and all profits from these concerts will go to KPR.


March 1
Wednesday
at Lied Center Pavilion
Brother Sun

Brother SunNational Touring Artists Greg Greenway, Pat Wictor, and Joe Jencks have made their mark as veteran touring singer-songwriters, but Brother Sun is no songwriter's round. The trio's harmonies, as much as their lyrics, tell what they are about: warm as a campfire, stirring as a gospel church, rousing as a call to arms. Fusing folk, Americana, blues, pop, jazz, rock, and a cappella singing, Brother Sun is an explosion of musical diversity and harmony, in the finest of male singing traditions.

Appearances at festivals like Falcon Ridge, Kerrville, Old Songs, Vancouver Island, and a summer 2016 appearance at Mariposa attest that Brother Sun is regarded as a must-see live act. Brother Sun’s music and message appeal to mainstream listeners and dedicated folkies alike, to people of widely divergent spiritual and political leanings, and fans of both contemporary and traditional music. They offer the hope of people uniting to create beauty in uncertain and unsettled times.

$25
Sold Out
May 8
Monday
at Lied Center Pavilion
John GorkaWest Side Folk Concert (Sky Smeed opens)

John GorkaWe are thrilled to bring John Gorka back to Lawrence for the first time in nine years!

Hailing from New Jersey, but forged in the Greenwich Village Fast Folk scene, he honed his craft and persona into an unmistakable image. The shy, wry, insightful, and yes, sensitive singer-songwriter has been copied and parodied. But the old coat he wove still fits, and still suits him well. The old songs ring as true as they ever did, and the new ones are just as good.

Rolling Stone called him “the leading singer/songwriter of the New Folk movement” while the Boston Globe said “Gorka is widely heralded for the sophisticated intelligence and provocative originality of his songs.”   The New York Times said: “Listening to John Gorka, one can get goosebumps all over.  There are many reasons: fresh lyrics, a stunning emotional baritone, and his twisted humor.”

Sky SmeedSky Smeed will open for John Gorka. No Depression magazine said “Smeed evokes that singer/songwriter corner of 1971 that held both John Prine and Steve Goodman’s self-titled debuts. There’s a lot of humor and a comparable gentleness in Drive All Night, but like those two records, there’s also a range of emotion that can sting.”

$25Buy Online

These concerts start at 7:30pm.

Tickets:

Ticket Outlets: 
Tickets are available via mail order or (with credit card) online. Individual tickets will also be available at Mass Street Music in Lawrence. Send mail orders, with checks made out to West Side Folk, to: West Side Folk, c/o Bob McWilliams, 3026 Longhorn Drive, Lawrence, KS 66049. Please include an email address and/or phone number so we confirm receipt of your mail order. Mail order tickets will be held at door, unless you include a SASE.

Credit card orders: Tickets purchased online via credit card will require presentation of photo ID and the original credit card, or government-issued photo ID at the door.

Check out other area concerts like these:

Mass Street Music Masters Series logo

Mass Street Music presents occasional concerts and clinics.

Visit this page or phone 785-843-3535 for more info.

More area folk information.


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Thanks to our sponsors:

Kansas Public Radio
FM 91.5 Lawrence · FM 89.9 Atchison · FM 90.3 Chanute · FM 89.7 Emporia
FM 91.3 Olsburg-Junction City
· FM 99.5 Manhattan
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Look here for other regional folk events:

Tuesday Concert (Lawrence)
Lawrence's songwriter showcase. Tuesdays at 7:30pm at the Lawrence Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire.
Songwriters Circle of Kansas City
Info: 816-363-1917
Crosscurrents (Kansas City)
Crosscurrents info: 816-292-2887 www.crosscurrentsculture.org
Missouri Valley Folklife Society
(Kansas City)
Info: 816-691-8717, www.mvfs.org
Kansas Public Radio
Presenting folk on the airwaves, including Trail Mix and Prairie Home Companion. Visit the online Trail Mix event calendar for upcoming folk, bluegrass, and Celtic events.
Kansas Folk Music and Dance Resource Center
Linking the past and present and future of folk, including links to folk events and organizations statewide

Concert Locations

Unity Church (wheelchair accessible)
9th & Madeline (3/8 mile west of Iowa Street on 9th St). Directions

The Pavilion at Lied Center (wheelchair accessible)
1600 Stewart Drive (on KU's West Campus). Directions

Cider Gallery
810 Pennsylvania, Lawrence KS


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